Microbes & Immunity
Course Directors: (subject to change)
Course Description: Microbes and Immunity (M&I) is a 6 week block that covers immunology and common microbial diseases. The course will familiarize students with the basic cellular mechanisms mediating immunity and how these components contribute to health and disease. In addition, a review of the risk factors, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical characteristics, and treatment for a wide array of pathogens will be covered. The course includes pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and parasites. Weekly quizzes and essays are administered on VStar Learn in order to assess material learned and discussed in the previous week.
- Medium Sized Group Sessions
- Tissue Biology Lab (Histology)
- Microbiology and Immunology Lab
- Gross Anatomy Lab
- Faculty Review Sessions
- Student Led Tutorials (MDAS)
How to Succeed
- The pace of material covered in this block will likely feel more rigorous than HBA. Be sure to stay on top of lecture material in order to avoid cramming for the block exam!
- Go to the MDAS student-led review sessions! These reviews cover high-yield material in a rapid-fire format and are perfect for gauging your preparedness for the block exam. These sessions are completely student-run, and the students that organize the reviews know from experience which material is likely to show up on the exam.
- A valuable resource for this block is First-Aid for USMLE Step 1. Even though Vanderbilt students do not take Step 1 until after their clinical year, block exams during first-year include a multiple choice section with board exam-style questions. First Aid highlights high yield information that is relevant for the multiple choice portion of the block exam and helps keep your studying more efficient.
- Remember BUZZWORDS in order to differentiate between different pathogens. It is relatively simple to group pathogens by certain broad characteristics (i.e. gram positive vs. gram negative bacteria), but the most efficient way to identify a specific pathogen is to remember specific information! Multiple choice tests love to test on these specifics, so make sure that you know them!
- i.e. Vibrio vulnificus is a gram-negative bacteria that is associated with brackish waters and marine environments